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Thomas Castillo

Assistant Professor

Jonathan Doe
Contact Thomas Castillo
843-349-2734 tcastillo@coastal.edu

Brittian Hall 374

Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 1:45PM - 3:45PM by appointment

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting” Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Biography

Thomas Castillo is an assistant professor of history who specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with a research focus on inequality, class, ideology, African American and immigration studies.  He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History at the University of Maryland and currently serves as an H-Net Commons moderator on the H-Labor online network.  His publications include an award-winning article in Florida History on how early twentieth-century working class migrants to Miami fought for political and economic power and built a vibrant community.  Dr. Castillo has written numerous book reviews in such publications as Labor History, Labor: Working Class History of the Americas, and Journal of American History, among several others. He is currently completing a book on work, inequality, and the production of racial difference in 20th century Miami, Florida.  Dr. Castillo has also worked as a full-time academic advisor at the University of Maryland where he helped develop dynamic and transparent advising practices particularly geared in assisting first generation students in their efforts to meet the challenges of the 21st century American university.  He looks forward to continue such efforts at Coastal Carolina University.

Education

University of Maryland, College Park – Ph.D. in U.S. History

Florida International Universty – M.A. in History

Florida International Universty – B.A. in History

Teaching Areas

U.S. History including Labor and Working Class Studies, Political Economy, African American and Immigration Studies, Social and Cultural History, Urban History, Oral History, and Modern U.S. (1865 to the present)

Research Areas  

U.S. History including Labor and Working Class Studies, Political Economy, African American and Immigration Studies, Social and Cultural History, Urban History, and Modern U.S. (1865 to the present)

Interesting Facts

-Won the Arthur W. Thompson Award in 2004 for best article on Florida History (“Miami’s Hidden Labor History,” Florida Historical Quarterly, Spring 2004)
-Dr. Castillo has held numerous jobs throughout his life, including working at a fast food restaurant, a retail store, a supermarket, as a house painter, an athletic coach, high school teacher, substitute teacher, and academic advisor
-Dr. Castillo is a first-generation student